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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday said the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was giving Pakistan a tough time over unlocking a $1-billion loan at a time when the country’s economic situation is “unimaginable”.

Pakistan secured a $6-billion IMF bailout in 2019, which was topped up with another $1 billion last year. However, the programme has been stalled since September last year, aggravating the economic situation in Pakistan.

An IMF delegation is in Islamabad to restart stalled talks for the ninth review of the programme.

However, reports suggest the two sides are locked over key issues including reforms of the power sector and taxation measures.

PM addresses Apex Committee after Peshawar blast

Meanwhile, the PM addressed the Apex Committee meeting in Peshawar following the suicide attack in the city. The meeting was attended by the chief of army staff, chief ministers of all provinces and other senior officials.

“The terms that we have to meet with the IMF are beyond imagination,” said PM Shehbaz.

“Despite all these problems, the Centre is with you. We will strengthen the CTD (Counter Terrorism Department) to the best of our abilities; we are here to serve you.”

PM announces compensation for Peshawar suicide blast victims

The PM also announced compensation for the victims of the Peshawar suicide blast which claimed the lives of 101 people, mostly police personnel on Monday.

The PM said the amount of Rs2 million will be disbursed among martyrs’ families and Rs0.5 million will be given to the injured.

“In the wake of this incident, undue criticism was seen on social media. This is certainly condemnable.

“The occurrence of the incident due to security lapses will be probed. But saying this was a drone attack and similar related accusations were uncalled for in this tragic time.”

He said it was the need of the hour that provinces and the Centre along with the leaderships of political parties shun their differences.

“We should unite and tackle this.”

‘Suicide bomber was wearing a police uniform’

On Thursday, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Police Chief Moazzam Jah Ansari said that the police was “closing in” on the terror network behind the suicide attack.

During a presser, he said the police had found ball bearing from the blast site in a suicide jacket from underneath the rubble of the mosque.

“This was a suicide bomber and we have traced him. The CCTV footage showed his movement from Khyber Road to the Police Lines and how he parked his motorcycle on a side,” he said, adding that the bomber was wearing a police uniform.

Closing in on terror network behind Peshawar mosque suicide blast: KP police chief

Ansari said that the attacker entered from the main gate and talked to a constable and asked him where the mosque was.

“This means that the attacker was not aware of the area..he was given a target and there is an entire network behind him … he was not a lone ranger.”

He said that policemen at entrance of the Police Lines did not check the attacker because “they thought he was their own”.

Ansari revealed that 10-12kg of TNT was used in the blast.

“The explosion was so powerful that the shockwaves did not find ways to escape hence, forcing the roof of the mosque to collapse,” he said.

He added that the mosque also lacked pillars and everyone in the mosque at the time of the attack came under the roof debris.

The police chief said that the police had raised their voice against the attack to “take revenge for each and every martyr”.

“The sacrifices of the policemen will not go in vain.”

PM Shehbaz calls an all-party conference

PM Shehbaz on Thursday also called an all-party conference (APC) on February 7 by inviting all the political leadership, including PTI chairman Imran Khan, to hold deliberations on the challenges faced by the country, including terrorism and the economic crisis.

Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Sardar Ayaz Sadiq contacted senior PTI leaders including former Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser and former Defence Minister Pervez Khattak and extended the prime minister’s invitation to the PTI chairman to participate in the APC.

According to a statement, all stakeholders, senior officers of police, rangers and senior officers of the country’s intelligence agencies will participate in the apex committee meeting at the Governor’s House.

The meeting will deliberate upon the incident of terrorism that happened in the mosque of Peshawar Police Lines on January 30. It added that the meeting will also consider measures to eradicate terrorism.


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Adnan Feb 03, 2023 01:16pm
Haha.. and Mr dar said he will give a fitting response to IMF
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Sain Shah Feb 03, 2023 01:16pm
They have been already coned once by Dar's fake numbers, and more over they seem not to trust incompetent and corrupt people!
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Muhammad Kashif Feb 03, 2023 01:17pm
Prime minister! You are also giving tough time to the nation. But bear in mind, in the coming election you will pay the heavy prices for giving this tough time.
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Jawaid Feb 03, 2023 01:19pm
"PM Shehbaz says IMF giving Pakistan tough time over unlocking loan" Do not blame IMF...who would lend money to crooks and the Corrupt Inc? It would be better for IMF to deal with a team of professionals representing an elected government!
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John Feb 03, 2023 01:38pm
@Adnan, People who brought back Dar on A PAF pane must be real smart!
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Notsurprised Feb 03, 2023 01:57pm
Our economic problems are self created through theft, incompetence, patronage and wastefulness. IMF is not tough, but showing us a mirror. We just don't like what we see.
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Issak Feb 03, 2023 02:11pm
This crook is a seems all calamity has dropped on Pakistan since he and his sellout cronies removed Imran Khan from power..the IMF can see that he's driven the economy totally to the he's begging for an all parties convention to solving the economic problems...he ought to be replaced by Imran Khan and retire probably in one of large mansions that his corrupt family owns overseas...
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Anonymous Feb 03, 2023 02:24pm
Phone rang, Who is this? This is Dar speaking IMF: Wrong number
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Sabi satti Feb 03, 2023 02:25pm
Kia faida hua ap logon Ka b any Ka ap SB ameer log apni tajorion sy paisa nikalo qabr m to nhe lybk jawo Gy mulk ko bachow
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Truthisbitter813 Feb 03, 2023 02:26pm
Nice to see pti trolls alive and well here.
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Sabi satti Feb 03, 2023 02:26pm
TM SB ameer log apni apni tajorion sy paisa nikalo qabr m to nhe ly k jawo Gy
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MirJafer Feb 03, 2023 02:45pm
@Anonymous, IMF: This dude with fake data does not get it; we need to block his number!
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M. Hassan Feb 03, 2023 02:46pm
A PM is not supposed to talk like that. Please shut your mouth. You are disseminating wrong sentiments.
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G. Bal Feb 03, 2023 02:46pm
PM sahib, your brother's representative Dar has said on record "I don't care" so what are you worried about? He has also said that god will help Pk, so there is nothing to worry about. Yes, there is one thing to worry about - when people come out en masse..........
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RIZWAN Feb 03, 2023 03:31pm
Please increase profit Bahbood Savings Certificates (BSC)
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RIZWAN Feb 03, 2023 03:31pm
Plz increase profit of Bahbood Savings Certificates (BSC)
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Hilarious Feb 03, 2023 03:54pm
@Sain Shah, they’ve been conned some 20/21 times by Pakistani governments in general, only once I believe in the 75 years of begging for handouts that this country has existed for, I believe only 1 program has ever been completed. Then you get cartoons like dar. At the end of the day, whoever it was in power, it is and always will be the people that bear the burnt of it as can currently be seen. When they have a majority of their own investments abroad, can the imf or international lenders not see that they have no benefit in the actual improvement in the economy? Simply short term political gains? The sooner the people rise up and send these fools back to where their businesses and properties are, the sooner we can get back on track towards some little improvement, till then the people and the politicians are simply blood sucking leeches sucking the life out of the country.
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Hilarious Feb 03, 2023 03:57pm
@Notsurprised, finally a reasonable and logical response. Sad that Pakistanis have been made to feel they hold some significant position on the world scale, and that somehow the world owes a country that has trouble following basic traffic rules and littering rules something, it’s pathetic and sad at the same time.
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Dr fahad Feb 03, 2023 04:07pm
@Jawaid, Imran khan have already cheated the IMF in January
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Muhammad Iftikhar Feb 03, 2023 05:14pm
It is not the matter of single political party IMF will put toughest conditions on us after America's lacking interests with PAK.Dar was dealing with IMF like his 2013-17 tenure (on soft conditions) but now he realise that the situation is completly different now. America EU and China were with us due to their interests at that time but now Pak is Globally isolated. Its a reality that nobody can deny. Now after withdrawl of NATO troops from AFG US has no interests with PAK so it is taking revenge from us for ISI role in defeating NATO, CPEC and PAK RUSSIA ties by using IMF to destroy our country.
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bonce richard Feb 03, 2023 05:39pm
Mr. Punjabi bring stolen money from the United Kingdom your whole family including the F Punjabi army looted our country, it is not your fault because your all army belongs to prostitution. No need to beg for money from IMF.
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bonce richard Feb 03, 2023 05:45pm
@John, What do you expect from Punjabi only stealing money corruptions in their blood? When the sincere and honest Punjabi army dominates the country no need to approach IMF.
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MirJafer Feb 03, 2023 07:40pm
@Dr fahad, Indeed bias and hatred has no limits!
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MirJafer Feb 03, 2023 07:41pm
@bonce richard, And "license to do corruption" Sindhi Waderas!
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Joe Feb 03, 2023 07:45pm
@Dr fahad, Cheaters are shining on the Corruption horizon like a Black Sun!
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Hilarious Feb 03, 2023 08:23pm
@Muhammad Iftikhar, the only thing Pakistan has ever defeated are Pakistan's own hopes and aspirations. You don’t need an enemy when you are your own natural enemy.
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Joe Feb 04, 2023 02:17am
The face of this dude represents the crook and the corrupt! No credibility! Wanted criminals!
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KhanRA Feb 04, 2023 05:42am
If you didn’t let Dar destroy the economy, we wouldn’t be in this position. They removed a perfectly competent finance minister to replace him with someone whose child is married into the sharif clan. This is why nepotism and dynasty politics are so bad for a nation.
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